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Michael J. De Smidt

Associate Attorney 

PRACTICE AREAS

General Civil Law & Litigation 
Estate Planning & Trust Administration

Probate & Estate/Trust Litigation

Business Law 
Insurance Law

Michael De Smidt headshot

CONTACT

EDUCATION:

Degree

J.D.

M.A.

B.A.

Institution

University of California College of the Law, San Francisco 
San Diego State University 
University of California, Santa Cruz 

Year

2018

2011

2007

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE:

Entity

The Grunsky Law Firm PC

The Arns Law Firm 
Santa Cruz Superior Court 

Position

Associate Attorney

Law Clerk 
Judicial Research Extern

Year

2019-Present

2018 
2017 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES/SPECIALIZATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS:

State Bar of California, Active Member 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:

California - All Courts 

U.S. District Court, ND Cal.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS:

Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Active Member

COMMUNITY SERVICE/AFFILIATIONS:

San Francisco Piper's Club, President 

MORE INFORMATION:

Mr. De Smidt has called Santa Cruz County home since arriving here as a college student nearly two decades ago. Before moving into the legal field, Mr. De Smidt worked in undergraduate education as an advisor and student advocate at UC Santa Cruz for many years. Mr. De Smidt's practice includes general civil litigation, estate planning, trust and probate litigation, and business transactions, with experience in real property and municipal law matters affecting our local community. He is also very active in the traditional Irish music community, playing the Irish uilleann bagpipes in a wide range of events, presiding over the San Francisco Pipers Club, as well as providing instruction on the instrument. Mr. De Smidt enjoys backpacking, cultivating his pepper garden, and spending time with his wife and family.

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